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Canada: ensure an effective ombudsperson

    Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 13:26

    In January 2018, the Canadian Minister for International Trade announced the creation of an Ombudsperson for Responsible Enterprise. Now people who have been harmed by the overseas activities of Canadian mining, oil, gas and garment companies will be able to submit their complaints to an independent ombudsperson for investigation. The ombudsperson will make its findings public and provide recommendations for redress.

    The creation of ombudsperson will help ensure that Canada is finally “Open for Justice”.

    Some elements of the ombudsperson have yet to be defined however. Amnesty will continue to work with the Canadian government to ensure that the ombudsperson office will be credible and effective. In order to be credible and effective, we believe it is vital that the ombudsperson be free from political and corporate interference, and be empowered to conduct effective investigations, including the ability to gather evidence that may be in a company’s possession.


    Write a letter to Canada’s Minister for International Trade.

    Thanking him for creating an ombudsperson for responsible enterprise;

    Urging him to take all necessary steps to ensure that the ombudsperson is independent from political and corporate influence;

    Underscoring that in order to be effective, it is crucial that the ombudsperson be given the tools necessary to compel corporate disclosure, including summoning witnesses and compelling documents.

    Send your letter (no stamp required) to:

    The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne

    House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0A6

    Or email the Minister at:



    If you use Twitter, send the following tweet to the Minister:

    Thank you @FP_Champagne for creating a #humanrights ombudsperson to help ensure corporate accountability and remedy for people harmed. Remember, the credibility of this office will depend on its ability to access relevant information. #open4justice #power2investigate


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